Broomfield’s Maddie Kern drives around Lena Long-Shore of Rocky Mountain during Tuesday’s game.
Broomfield's Maddie Kern drives around Lena Long-Shore of Rocky Mountain during Tuesday's game. (Jonathan Castner / For

BROOMFIELD — It was one of those runs the Broomfield girls have done time and time again.

But Tuesday's pull-away sequence for the Eagles against Rocky Mountain in what led to a 61-48 Front Range League win could simply be categorized as marvelous.

"That was fun to watch," said Broomfield coach Derek Seifried. "Quality shots, not just good shots but best shots. That (second quarter) was absolutely the best quarter we've played."

Given the opponent — the Lobos had risen to No. 8 in the latest CHSAANow,com rankings via an 11-1 mark — the Eagles' 20-3 run to close out the second quarter in the win and the third quarter that followed was as much a statement to the rest of Class 5A hoops as any Broomfield had made to this point.

The Eagles aren't going away anytime soon, despite losing by a handful this past Friday at No. 1 ranked Highlands Ranch.

A 21-20 ball game turned into a 30-point rout quicker than you can say 'State of the Union.' The Eagles closed the door on Rocky Mountain with a mix of inside-outside presence and a defensive effort that was buoyed by the return of a healthy Brenna Fankell, who has played parts of the past three contests.

Fankell was clearly working on all cylinders Tuesday, scoring 11 of her 19 points in the first quarter and then providing ample rebounding that kept possessions alive for teammates to contribute.


Delaynie Byrne did a lot of her own rebounding work, but her 17 second-quarter points were often aided by Fankell pulling a board down low. The sophomore knows just what Fankell can bring to the table on both ends of the floor.

"We had so much fire to go in and play hard to get this win, and we had some great momentum at that point," Byrne said after scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. "It's not the first time we've done that.

"Brenna adds a whole other aspect to our team, so it's great to have her back."

Seifried admired the Lobos' "ball energy" — and Rocky Mountain built a small early lead in the first couple minutes thanks to transition baskets — but praised his girls for the tenacity on defense that limited RMHS without a field goal from the 4:52 mark of the second quarter until the 5:07 mark of the fourth.

"It was great for our girls to see how hard it is to defend a team that has that kind of ball movement ... and our man-to-man defense has come a long way," Seifried said. "Brenna Fankell is everything I thought she would be when I first saw her in the gym in the off-season. It doesn't even look like she had an injury."

Brenna Chase added seven points and four rebounds and Taylor Gilmore added eight rebounds for Broomfield. Abby Croell also had six points off the bench.

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Broomfield 61, Rocky Mountain 48

At Broomfield HS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN (11-2, 1-1)

Kiley Towne 2 6-10 10, Sara Jones 4 4-6 13, Jade Gosar 2 0-2 4, Megan Fenwick 0 0-0 0, Victoria Graham 0 1-3 1, Lena Long-Shore 1 2-2 5, Holly Mackie 4 0-0 10, Savannah Warner 0 1-4 1, Gabby McDonald 1 2-4 4. Totals 14 16-31 48.

BROOMFIELD (8-2, 2-0)

Abby Croell 3 0-0 6, Steph Peterson 0 0-0 0, Juliet Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Olivia MacLean 0 0-0 0, Abby Major 0 0-2 0, Maddie Kern 2 1-2 5, Brenna Chase 3 0-0 7, Jenna Casasanta 1 -0-0 3, Brenna Fankell 7 5-6 19, Delaynie Byrne 5 5-6 19, Madison Wagner 0 0-0 0, Taylor Gilmore 0 2-4 2. Totals 21 13-20 61.

Score by quarters:

Rocky Mountain 13 10 5 20 — 48 Broomfield 15 26 13 7 — 61

3-point field goals — Rocky Mountain (4): Mackie 2, Long-Shore, Jones; Broomfield (6): Byrne 4, Chase, Casasanta.